On July 8 2011 history was made as the shuttle Atlantis lifted off on the final flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program. After 32 flights into space this iconic craft upon its return to Earth joins the fleet's other three vessels in retirement immediately following touchdown.
The on-site NASA engineers take viewers under the hood of the orbiter craft to explain the secrets of its success. This documentary examines the past present and future of the shuttle program and U.S. space exploration. It may be many years before NASA sends a man into space again.
Bonus Content - Return to Flight: The Inside Story
Hosted by legendary broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite follow the step-by-step process of rehabilitating the outdated space shuttle Discovery and witness the launch of mission STS 114 with updates on mission status as it unfolded.